Well, when considering the damage liberals did at Berkeley and other places, perhaps it wasn’t a complete shock when Yale’s Republican students opted to throw a barbeque in close proximity to graduate-student Union Local 33’s “hunger strike.”
Yale Republicans and friends enjoyed barbeque beef, baked beans and corn—all while Local 33’s hunger-strike base of starvation continued in their efforts to forcibly make the school renegotiate the terms of their employment.
Yale College Republicans barbecuing by union fast site pic.twitter.com/qf687cckxB
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Nevertheless, in their “symbolically” fighting spirit, Local 33 persisted and concentrated on sort-of starvation. Thus far, eight, Yale University post-grad faculty members have gone days with no food.
“I’m not really focused on that,” Aaron Greenberg, Local 33 chairman and political science graduate student teacher told the New Haven Register. “I’m focused on making sure we have lots of water, make sure I’m healthy. We have a check-in with our nurse this afternoon. We are focused on that.”
Local 33’s intent is for the strike to be a happy thing. They’ve extended their arms in hopes more will take their place when hunger becomes too overwhelming. “Instead of eating your lunch, sit with us and lift our spirits,” according to a widely distributed Local 33 flier floating around campus. “When one of us cannot continue, come take our place.” (Right. Because those professors would totally do the same for the students.)
Local 33 operates under UNITE HERE’s umbrella and is fighting Yale University’s refusal to discuss new terms. Greenberg explained the university is holding out for President Trump to choose a new National Labor Relations Board leader—a stricter person who won’t bend to unions. (It seems they’re not being very grateful when compared to all those adjuncts who’ve to work crappy, summer jobs just to pay the bills.)
Greenberg added that Yale President Peter Salovey and other “top members of the Yale administration and members of the Yale Corporation are deciding to side with Donald Trump over members of their own community. I think that is unacceptable. I think that is despicable. They say we have to wait so we are waiting without eating.”
Neither Yale University Republicans nor Local 33 availed comments to any non-local media. But hey, at least our folks are eating and loving life.